Here’s how to create reusable lawn “sockets” for setting up volleyball or badminton nets, oscillating sprinklers, shade umbrellas, or similar fixtures.
Buy a length of PVC pipe with an inside diameter that’s slightly larger than the outside diameter of the lawn fixture.
Cut a 12- to 16-inch-long piece of pipe and pound it into the lawn, making sure it’s flush with the soil. That way, you can mow right over it.
Now you can easily slip the lawn fixtures into the pipe sockets, and remove them, when necessary.